"Zermatt." Switzerland Things to Do Tip by sandysmith

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  Mighty Matterhorn
by sandysmith

Visit Zermatt. East of the main street is the Hinterdorf quarter, full of old weathered-wood chalets and traditional mazots (barns raised on stone discs to protect against mice). The town's burgeoning cemetery is down by the river, filled with memorials to attempts on the Matterhorn and other peaks gone wrong. The Alpine Museum beside the post office (May - Oct daily 10am - noon & 4?6pm; Nov - April Sun- Fri daily 4.30?6.30pm; Fr.5) is worth a visit, with an interesting collection of mountaineering bits and bobs, as well as a room devoted to Edward Whymper, the English climber, who led the first ascent of the Matterhorn on July 14, 1865, only for the rope to snap on the descent ? four of his party of seven went over a precipice.
The gornergrat railway in Zermatt comes a close second to the Jungrau for being an expensive trip but again its not to be missed. Again we were blessed with marvellous blue skies for the fantastic views. Lots more info on my mega Zermatt page - dont miss it!

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  • Updated Nov 22, 2004
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